Activities and Volunteer Opportunities
The Centre for Human Rights in Practice provides a range of opportunities for students both within Warwick University and outside. These include modules on the undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes, internships, volunteering and the possibility to join the Lacuna magazine team.
- Opportunities with Warwick Law in the Community (LinC).
- Middle Temple: Access to the Bar Awards.
- Warwick Bright Stars
- Lacuna Magazine.
- Justice Systems Workshop.
- International Mooting.
- Equality, Human Rights and Public Spending Cuts Work.
- Death Penalty Project.
- Julia Kerr Prize.
- Modules offered by CHRP.
Lacuna is an online magazine, run by the Centre for Human Rights in Practice, that exposes injustice and promotes human rights.
Each year we advertise paid support positions, offering opportunities to students with skills in social media, video production, editing, content marketing, art and graphic design.
Find new opportunities for 2022 below:
New Opportunity: Bloggers/Social media and Content Marketing assistantsLink opens in a new window
We are looking for candidates who are keen to write and promote stories about human rights issues and social justice to new audiences. An interest in human rights is vital and the ideal candidates will regularly bring ideas for new content...
New Opportunity: Artists and Graphic designersLink opens in a new window
We are looking for artists and graphic designers to produce clear, eye-catching images that support our stories. For stories without supporting photography we call on artists and designers to produce creative images to sit alongside the text...The subject matter is not always easy to illustrate so we’re looking for bright ideas and imagination.
Middle Temple: Access to the Bar Awards
Apply for two weeks paid work experience in chambers and marshalling, Monday 29 June to Friday July 2020, through the Middle Temple.
Warwick Bright Stars
The Warwick Bright Stars programme is looking for enthusiastic ambassadors who would like to develop their classroom and teaching skills working in a primary school setting with Year 5 children.
Details of the new opportunity will be announced here once available. Please note the opportunities below are now closed and are just for reference.
Justice System Workshop Ambassador
Warwick Law School’s Justice System Ambassadors run interactive workshops in local secondary schools. This provides students aged 13-18 an insight into the Criminal Justice System, and the opportunity to review a case heard at the Crown Court before arguing for the prosecution or defence. The workshops are entirely led by our Law students, however the session is already fully prepared and comprehensive training will be given. Payment is £8.67/hour (+ £1.54 holiday pay) through Unitemps.
The Centre for Human Rights in Practice facilitates student engagement with various international mooting opportunities.
In summer 2016 a Warwick team participated in the International Criminal Law Nuremberg Moot Court.
Previously, Morshed Mannan, Lucy Newton and Max Wilson represented at the KK Luthra International Mooting Competition (January 2011)Link opens in a new window and were awarded the second best memorial, coming third overall.
Equality, Human Rights and Public Spending Cuts Work
We have a number of ongoing research projects investigating the impacts of public spending cuts and welfare reform. We also undertake workshops, and provide expert training and support for public authorities and civil society organisations.
At times we look for a student to assist us in this area, primarily working on the resource 'database' alongside researching issues related to public spending cuts, and communicating with civil society organisations and public authorities.
Successful candidates will need to demonstrate a passion for research into issues of human rights and equality; very good research, communication and IT skillsl; and be prepared to work up to 6 hours per week in terms 1 and 2 of the academic year. Payment is at standard research assistant rates (approx. £10 per hour).
As vacancies arise they will be highlighted here. For more information, contact James Harrison.
Death Penalty Project
Through the DPP students have the opportunity to assist US attorneys and charities working on capital defence (Remote Assistance, student-led). The Centre for Human Rights in Practice also facilitates volunteering opportunities in partner capital defence offices in the USA (Internship).
The Death Penalty Internship Programme is a unique opportunity for “hands-on” exposure of legal work involving the common law system of the United States, which also encompasses diverse areas of criminal justice, medical law and human rights.
New Opportunity: Become a Project Volunteer
You will be assigned several research/administrative tasks, spread evenly throughout the year, revolving around the death penalty. The role has no application process and is open to those from any degree. Deadline: 22 October 2021
New Opportunity: Apply to be a Group Leader
You will manage a group of several students, oversee their progress in project tasks, and report back to Project Leaders. This role is ideal for those with strong leadership skills and those with experience of the project (though this is not essential). Deadline: 22 October 2021
New Opportunity: Apply to be a Research and Publicity Officer
You will research, curate and produce content for the DPP social media platforms to raise awareness of death penalty cases and the social disparities that exist in the capital punishment system. This role is ideal for those with strong research skills and a creative flair. Deadline: 22 October 2021
Julia Kerr Prize
Generously founded in memory of Julia Kerr, a Warwick Law School alumna, class of 1975.
£500 will be awarded to the student who has best demonstrated the use of skills and knowledge gained at Warwick Law School to make an important contribution to human rights in the community (locally, nationally and internationally) as a participant of activities arranged through Warwick University.
In 2015/2016 the prize was allocated to a group of Warwick students interning with US attorneys on the Death Penalty Project.
Previous winners of the Julia Kerr Prize include Zeenat Islam, Steve Hare, Phoebe Bower and Margaret O'Leary.
Modules offered by CHRP
UndergraduateLA239 Human Rights in Practice
LA381 Writing Human Rights